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THIS sounds sufficiently crazy...

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http://www.skiracing.com/index.php?o...270&Ite mid=2

From Ski Racing Magazine's home page:

ALYESKA RESORT, Alaska — Newly crowned downhill national champ Marco Sullivan will race Saturday’s super G and the giant slalom next week before taking on what’s arguably the biggest challenge he’ll face on his first-ever trip to Alaska.
The Arctic Man Ski and Sno-Go Classic, billed as “the ultimate adrenaline rush” on the event’s Web site, is slated for April 11-15 near Summit Lake, and Sullivan is sticking around to participate along with U.S. teammate — and defending Arctic Man champ — Scott Macartney.
“I had to stick around and give him some competition because he won by like 12 seconds last year. We’re both going this year,” Sullivan said.
The Arctic Man blends downhill skiing and snowmobiling in a grueling endurance test. The skier begins at a summit elevation of 5,800 feet and skis 1,700 vertical feet in less than two miles before hooking up with a snowmobile-driving teammate. The snowmobiler meets the skier — on the go — with a tow rope and pulls the skier more than two miles uphill, at a top speed of around 80 mph. The skier then separates and drops another 1,200 feet to the finish line. Macartney teamed with Tyson Johnson to win last year’s event in 4 minutes, 14 seconds.
Sullivan may be addicted to speed, but he took it a little slower on Thursday night when he went heli-skiing in the Alaska backcountry. He said the experience put him in a good state of mind for Friday’s downhill.
“I’d never been heli-skiing before, and it’s had such a good thing for the soul, you know? Just being out here in these mountains, in Alaska,” he said. “I’ve never been to Alaska, and I’m just having so much fun up here and I think that showed in the course. I was able to relax and just realized I had nothing to lose and just charged it.”

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The competition is really kinda cool, and I know a lot of the skiers that have won or placed well in past years. What isn't cool is all of the slednecks that get drunk and act like jerks for the rest of the weekend. It always had a wild-west, anything goes kind of atmosphere, but it's gone a little too far now. Maybe I'm getting old...

At any rate, you have to be a hell of a skier teamed with a hell of a sled driver to win. That course isn't exactly what I'd call a buffed downhill. Hopefully none of the US team guys get hurt, as it's nice to have them around for the event.
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I saw some skis that were being prepped for it. 240s...
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It was featured in a recent Warren Miller film

Not last year, but the year before....
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At least they outlawed the speed skiing suits. Full leg fairings, funky helmets, the whole works... I remember Eric Heil mounting his on the front of his car for "wind tunnel" testing... or maybe it was just a conversation piece.
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